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Q. I am attending a friend’s wedding at the end of November and I have a great dress but I’m worried about outerwear. The wedding is going to take place at a ski resort in the mountains so there’s a good chance for snow and I don’t have a dressy coat to wear to the event. This is clearly an investment piece but are there any that you could suggest on a budget? Thanks!

A. I have mixed feelings on whether one needs a dress coat in her wardrobe. Sure, it’s a nice thing to have, but is it a necessity? Not really. Presumably, you will go straight from the car to the venue where you will check your coat almost immediately upon arrival — in other words, you will spend very little time “being seen” in your coat. A classic long wool coat, especially in a dark color like black, would certainly suffice if you already have one in your closet. Another option (if you dare) is to wear a ski parka over your party dress — a favorite runway trend for designers year after year.

However, if you prefer the more traditional route of investing in a dress coat, then I would suggest a faux fur coat. It’s warm, stylish, dressy, and you can even wear it with jeans throughout the winter. Below are some faux fur options as well as some wool dress coats to try.

Q. I am attending a wedding in early August and have purchased a strapless, knee length deep purple/berry colored dress. I have no idea how to wear this dress. I have been searching and searching on how to accessories with the shoes and the bag and jewelry. I am not into fashion at all, but I don’t want to look like hot mess. I read somewhere that gold shoes look nice with berry dresses, but I’m still not sure about the bag and jewelry. Please help me!

A. You can absolutely wear gold shoes with your purple dress, but I actually prefer silver shoes. Black shoes are also an option, and a great way to carry your dress into winter when paired with a black fitted tuxedo jacket. But I digress… For a summer wedding, try silver shoes, turquoise jewelry and a silver clutch for a standout look. For your jewelry, choose either dramatic earrings OR a statement necklace, and a bracelet or ring. Here are some options for inspiration:

Q. I’m going to a wedding on June 15 at a country B&B in Vermont. It’s a very intimate - only 30 guests - outdoor ceremony with a dinner afterward but no real “reception” or dancing. The bride said “there is no dress code” when I asked. What on earth do I wear? The B&B is kind of upscale/expensive, but she kept stressing the wedding was low key. Also, I’m bringing my 6 month old son, so I don’t want to wear anything too expensive or fine materials that would get ruined. Thank you!!

A. For a low-key summer wedding with no dress code, it’s time to bring out your prettiest little summer dress. Since it’s not black tie, or even cocktail attire, you can wear anything from a short flirty dress to a long summery maxi. Take advantage of the country outdoor/indoor setting and look for bright colors and pretty prints. A strappy sandal or wedge completes the look. Here are four dresses to inspire you.


Q. I would love to see your bridal picks for a casual chic backyard wedding.

A. I love this question! Proof that there are many ways to celebrate your special day other than a traditional dressy affair. The important thing to remember is that, although the attire will be casual chic, you are still the bride — which means you want to look special and dress up a bit more than your guests. Rather than a traditional wedding gown, opt for a pretty white cocktail dress, flirty day dress or maxi dress. Add a pair of silver flat sandals (or heels if you won’t be standing on grass) and pretty earrings and you are all set for your wedding. Here are some options that we think would be perfect for your backyard wedding:


Q. I’ve been invited to a wedding that will take place in early May and will be held on a golf course at 7 PM. My first thought was a really nice black cocktail dress that I already own but haven’t worn yet but that feels so boring. What can you suggest for an evening wedding at this type of venue?

A. The attire for a golf course wedding is similar to a country club wedding which, unless specifically stated otherwise on the invitation, typically means cocktail attire or semi-formal wear with a preppy twist. Opt for pretty and flirty rather than sultry and sexy. Think pretty pastels (a current trend), lace or eyelet details, and shoes that won’t poke holes in the gorgeous golf course (think wedges or chunky heels). Of course, your black cocktail dress will work too, but consider softening it up with a light colored wrap or bow belt.

Here are some suggestions to wear to your golf course wedding:


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